Inauguration Poet Amanda Gorman Reveals She Was Racially Profiled Outside of Her Building

Amanda Gorman, the poet who received international acclaim after performing at Joe Biden‘s inauguration in January, is opening up about being racially profiled.

The 22-year-old poet took to Twitter on Friday (March 5) to reveal what happened.

“A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight. He demanded if I lived there because ‘you look suspicious.’ I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building. He left, no apology. This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat,” Amanda tweeted.

She followed up and wrote, “In a sense, he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be.”

Updated: March 6, 2021 — 6:19 am

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